Located on Rutland Street in the city’s Cultural Quarter the Leicester Creative Business Depot on Rutland Street contains offices occupied by the creative industries.

The refurbishment of the public ground floor, which houses a cafe and meeting rooms, improves the internal layout of the space as well as the external appearance of the building and revitalizes the lobby with a contemporary look, improved acoustics and coherent furniture.

The most significant addition is an illuminated light wall of glowing orange panels at the centre of the reception area, which is visible from Rutland Street, while a fixed bench for hot-desking behind the glazed frontage emphasizes the creative nature of the building.

The material palette of plywood, woodchip and polycarbonate panels reflects the industrial charm of the building and continues the design concept of the 2004 conversion; the replacement chairs are a historic reference to the 60s furniture of the original building.

© Tristan Poyser
Rutland Street frontage during daytime Site location
Design concept Informal meeting space with light wall
Rutland Street frontage at night Fixed bench in cafe
Cafe with new furniture and counter Model showing light wall and fixed benches